With Lazr/Wulf and Manray
At 11 p.m. Friday, July 6
The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.
The Black Sabbath influence comes through (very) loud and clear on Gnarmageddon, the debut CD by this young, Savannah-based heavy-rock aggregate. Matt Collett, Jeff Hinely, Lee Vallier, Christian Mosely and Colin Motlagh have all been on the Savannah band scene for years - see if these names ring a bell: Hyaena, Casual Kill, Amicalola, The Gray Area, The Round Table, Listen to Three, Permanent Tourist, Voodoo Soup ... you get the idea. These guys know how to play hard.
"We all grew up sneaking into the punk shows at 2424 and Velvet Elvis, and playing in punk, hardcore, and metal bands," says guitarist and singer Collett, "with the exception of Colin, who grew up more on the mainstream side of things."
With axe-wielders Hinely and Mosely, it's a three-guitar squad. Motlagh is the bassist, Vallier the drummer.
This show serves as the CD Release Part for Gnarmageddon, which was produced by Peter Seeba at Bring That, Don't Bring That! Studios.
Adds Collett: "We all have a very wide range of influences and musical background, and when we're not at work or at practice in this band, are all still starting other projects and picking up gigs with whoever we can to stay busy playing music.
"We are lucky to have grown up in such a diverse and awesome local music scene and have so many bands to look up to and be inspired by, as well as such an awesome venue as the Jinx to let us play there."
CHECK IT OUT
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